JEREMY'S DAILY JEWELS
Throughout this NBA season I’ll be sharing some interesting notes and quotes I come across while doing my research for the upcoming DFS slate in a new DGCourtroom.com feature called: Jeremy’s Daily Jewels.
“In my opinion, he’s the best player in the world. He just plays the game the right way. He probably can easily try and go for 50 every night, but he focuses on his team, tries to go for triple-doubles, gets guys involved. It’s my first time playing him, should be a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to it.” – Lonzo Ball on playing against LeBron James (latimes.com)
“Can he play ball? Absolutely. The kid can play ball. Do guys want to play with him? Absolutely, because it's a guy who is not about him. It's about the success of the team.” – ‘Bron sending some love right back at ‘Zo (latimes.com)
“Defense was collapsing every time I drove to the basket. I tried to make some plays by dishing it off, dishing to the corners as I was going to the rim seeing all those guys,” – Brandon Ingram on why he struggled to score against the Knicks (latimes.com). The Cavaliers’ lazy defense is unlikely to present Ingram with the same difficulties.
Last season as a rookie, Brandon Ingram put up 9/10/9 in his lone game in Cleveland. Coming off two straight bad games where he shot only 7/16 and 2/12 from the field, Ingram aka Baby Durant now finds himself in a prime bounce-back spot. Opposing small forwards versus Cleveland have been shooting 57% over the past week and 49% on the season.
Jordan Clarkson at $5.3K on FD and $5K on DK is probably too risky if you’re only playing one lineup because you never know whether Coach Luke Walton will roll with him down the stretch or not. He’s worth a dice roll if you’re playing a few tournament lineups though, and has scored 20, 22, and 20 real-life points in his last 3 trips to Cleveland.
Dwyane Wade has not participated in a professional basketball game since the 9th of December, giving him a chance to recharge the old batteries and now will be looking to run amok against the Lakers’ second unit. D-Wade’s price has tumbled to just $5.2K on FD and $5.3K on DK.
For what it’s worth, the next time Wade is rested we need to be sure to roster LeBron – whose portfolio will also include second-team point guard duties. Hence his 17-assist performance against Atlanta.
Kristaps Porzingis is playing like a man on a mission, and his price on Fanduel has accordingly soared to a season-high of $10.2K. The PorzinGod must love playing against Brooklyn, as he’s lit up the Nets all seven times he’s faced them.
We can find plenty of solid cheap plays in the backcourt of this Knicks and Nets matchup, with my favorites being Caris LeVert and Frank Ntilikina aka The Marlboro Man aka Frankie Smokes. Frankie has now played more minutes in the fourth quarter than teammate Jarrett Jack in back-to-back contests.
For as long as he continues to play well and D’Angelo Russell remains sidelined, LeVert will see an increased workload while picking up the back-up PG minutes behind Spencer Dinwiddie to along with his starter’s minutes at SG and SF. Dinwiddie is in a great spot here too but his price just took a sharp hike upward – although $6.7K on DraftKings still isn’t too shabby.
Because it’s only a five-game slate, we can find value in Detroit Piston’s backup point guard Ish Smith. Coach SVG’s starting five has been ice cold during the team’s 7-game losing streak while Ish and the bench bunch are playing lots of meaningful second-half minutes. Ishmael has found success against Atlanta too, already scoring 30 Fanduel points in just 18 minutes earlier this season.
Word on the street is that the Dallas Mavericks will be extra cautious with Dennis Smith Jr.’s injury and aren’t planning on rushing the rookie back until he is 100% healthy. He even speculated to the Dallas Morning News that he believed DSJ rushed back too early from a separate injury in college. Translation:
Wes Matthews and Yogi Ferrell have been the biggest beneficiaries in Smith Jr.’s absence, while Harrison Barnes and J.J. Barea are both seeing extra usage and opportunity. HJ Barnes has scored over 35 fantasy points in each of his two visits back to Oakland, but it’s hard to expect much more (or less, really) production than that.
Golden State has only played at a pace of 98.9 in their last three games all without Steph Curry, down from 104.5 on the season. Even against a team ranked 24th in pace, I wouldn’t expect this to be like a 90’s Knicks-Heat matchup. If anything, the Warriors are more than likely to “regress” back to their normal tempo – giving Kevin Durant plenty of chances to record his 2nd five-block game in his last 3.
If Pat McCaw is back that will mean less ball-handling duties for KD which puts an ever-so-slight hit on his fantasy value.
What we’ve learned about Golden State in dfs this year is: when Durant is out, play Omri Casspi. When Draymond Green is out, play Jordan Bell.
Draymond Green is out.
Atlanta, Brooklyn, and Detroit are on the first night of a back-to-back.
Brooklyn, Cleveland, and Golden State should be well-rested – each having only played one game in the past four days.
Let’s Talk About Pace, Baby:
DET (23) @ ATL (12)
NYK (20) @ BKN (2)
LAL (1) @ CLE (14)
SAC (28) @ MIN (21)
DAL (24) @ GSW (5)
(League rank as of 12/13)
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